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  1. Having skinny arms they can look large, having some foam inside to centralise them can help to even out gaps so they don't look as big. As my first ATA kit had one oval and one round I heated the round one a little to make it more oval again helping the overall appearance.

     

    I would wait until you have the rest of the armor on and check the look, you don't want to make them too thin or they may not match the overall appearance. 

     

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  2. 4 hours ago, CT 1977 said:

    Is that a chin strap I see? 

    Correct, I tried one once and it felt really uncomfortable on the neck because of the angle of the mounted straps.

     

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    I believe TM uses them on his commisions

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  3. I use a thin piece of foam inside the top, maple leaf like original helmets, than a small block of foam each side of the head to stop any wobbling. The side foam has some Velcro glued on so I can remove and wash and the top piece is held in by the side foam. It's a basic setup but does me just fine.

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    I see others buying generic black foam pad kits which normally come with Velcro so you place them anywhere.

     

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    NEW

    In Memoriam

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    It is with great sadness that we share the passing of the great Felix Silla (1937-2021)  16 April 2021.

     

    Felix brought to life the role of The flying Hang-Glider Ewok in Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi. He also worked as a stunt performer for Lucasfilm classics such as Howard the Duck and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He is best known for his roles as Twiki in the television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Cousin Itt in The Addams Family.

     

    In his own words displayed on his website, "I am proud to have entertained over 3 generations of T.V. and Film viewers, and hope I have given you a few laughs... and screams!" Thank you Mr. Silla, for sharing your talents with the world.

     

    Our condolences go out to his family, friends.

     

    "Buckets Off"

     

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    Legendary model maker Ira Keeler, 80 years old, passed away on April 15, 2021 after a long illness. Ira was a self-taught model maker, a truly gifted artist and craftsperson. Best known for his work at Industrial Light and Magic, for nearly two decades he was an invaluable member of the team and contributed to dozens of projects. Ira is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Joy; daughter, Dawn; son, Shawn; granddaughter, Jessica; grandson, Matthew; brother, Dave and sisters, Nita and Rita.

     

    Our condolences go out to his family, friends.

     

    "Buckets Off"

     

     

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    Greetings fellow bucket heads, and welcome to the May edition!

     

    We have a few announcements to make this month but I will leave those for the most part with various other staff members to cover off.

     

    I will discuss the boring stuff lol, and offer an update on how we are tracking to plan for the year thus far.

     

    We had the benefit of starting a little earlier than most, bypassing a full election so we are looking at the best part of the last 3 months worth of work.

     

    I feel it's always good to talk about where we have come from and to where we are going  next, and plan updates also give good transparency and keep your command staff accountable.

     

    Lets take a look.

     

    The biggest and to be honest, toughest job by far is the forum clean up. We have been going strong on this for over a year. One of the most time consuming aspects continues to be Photobucket image restoration. I'm not joking, this has been monumental.

    The benefits are well worth it though, so many threads can now be viewed in all their former glory, and the gems we have discovered during works have been wonderful. Work will continue, until we have rectified as much as possible, then we shall move into another phase of restoration which is refinement of content. This will lead to the creation of some new sections and or name name changes.

    In doing this, we can also launch new initiatives which are part of the future planning, but we are not there yet.

     

    One such change spurred on by the clean up was the launch of the Newsletter archive. There is some serious history in those pages well worth preserving and reading through, and we believe was definitely worth the investment in time. It's now easy for everyone to jump in and enjoy the content from the last 10 years. If you haven't already, go take a walk down memory lane.

     

    Another new section of the forums"The TK Trading Post", was created to cater for those who are starting out in the merch trading game. You have a detachment based home for in house trading of coins patched pins etc, it's also a bit of fun and a good way to talk with other like minded members.

    Being mindful in further improving that experience, we also now have an easy to find archive of all the FISD coins and patches made to date. The  FISD "Coin and patch Repositories". These will continue to gain additions as we release new and exciting merch items into the future.

     

    We hit the Centurion 500 milestone in great stride, and opened the sales thread for an exclusive to the 500 Centurions, special edition pin. These should be going to manufacture as we release this months Newsletter so keep an eye open for updates if you have ordered.

     

    The Force Unleashed Stormtrooper, finally a 501st approvable costume.

    Yes our very own Newsletter publisher Glen gmrhodes13, built weathered and painstakingly brought this costume to life. The CRL was presented to the LMO team and subsequently  approved.

    It's great to have another addition to the TK line up, and a slightly dirtier one at that.

     

    FISD 15th anniversary planning.

    This has been discussed at great length and suffice to say we have some awesome things planned already.

    You will see further into in the newsletter we are already set with our first celebratory merch item design, we did this through a competition format with your command team voting on the eventual winner. Make sure you keep reading to find out all the details.

     

    What's to come?

    New Forums sections that will continue to bring forum engagement from the membership. Some will be tethered to our Social media platforms where information posted out there will bring people in to see the main content.

     

    More CRL work will come later in the year, these are always decent sized tasks specially where some do need major work and re writes. We need the right people available to work on some of these because they need to be done well so please be patient if you are indeed waiting for one to be updated.

     

    More merch is in the planning but we are mindful that it needs to be items you guys and gals want, this being our anniversary year gives us plenty of reason to celebrate come July, and that will last right through to next July so there is plenty of scope ahead.

     

    That's it from me this month, now you can get on with reading all the truly exciting stuff :)

     

    Sly11

    With Unquestioned Loyalty

    Andrew Franke

    TK11469 "Sly11"

    Detachment Leader

     

     

     

     

     

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    CENTURION500 PINS CLOSING SOON

    Run closes May 9th, 2021 OR UNTIL WE REACH 500 PINS ORDERED, thread here

     

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    FISD 15th Anniversary Coin Design Contest NOW CLOSED

     

    In the interest of transparency, and just for fun, I suppose...  I have to tell all of you, that these entries generated more excitement and discussion among the Detachment Staff than I have seen for previous design contest submissions. 

    There was a lot, and I cannot stress this word enough a LOT, of excitement surrounding all of them and ways that we could potentially use more of them.  The closest that I believe I have seen before was leading up to Celebration Orlando in 2016-2017, and there was a great deal of energy there, too.  

    On behalf of the entire FISD Command Staff, I express heart-felt and tremendous thanks to every one of you who took the time to develop and put together a design for submission.  We do know that these are purely labors of love, and we are truly blessed to have such a strong, engaged, and talented community here at the FISD.  So, again, thank you.

    When all was said and done though, a winning entry was decided on, and that entry was created by Eric Ehrlich, TK-41970, “Etrooper70” of Star Garrison’s North Texas Squad!

     

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    The design will now need LFL approval, keep an eye out for the interest thread coming soon

     

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    With Unquestioned Loyalty

    Tim Waychoff

    TK51878 “Dark CMF”

    Executive Officer

     

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    Greetings Troopers!
     

    The impact of COVID has dampened the spirits so why reflect on some of past log entries!

    This little gem I found in the halls - please welcome TK - 20187 Troy to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame!

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    With Unquestioned Loyalty

    Aaron Gibson

    TK-99725 "Pyrates"

    Curator Hall of Fame

     

     

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    Funeral of Ira Keeler

     

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    Scout troopers with The Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion escort the coffin of Ira Keeler of Vacaville during his funeral service at the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery. Keeler worked for Industrial Light and Magic, for nearly two decades, and worked on dozens of movies including, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Back to the Future, and Jurassic Park. Family members and several of his former co-workers spoke in glowing terms during the service

     

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    Geeky Pins Fire Restoration Fundraiser "Troopers Helping Troopers"

     

     

    Hello FISD legion members,

    On April 29, the building across from Teresa Nuthall's (TK-41307 of Badlands Garrison - Crimson Aurora Squad) literally burst into flames. Thinking quickly, she dialed 911. The wind blew the fire and smoke quickly onto/into her own building melting her shop front, burning her chairs, melting her vinyl, and wrecking her sign. Her window frame is ruined and it needs to be replaced along with the window, and there is water damage to the front of the building and deck as well. The fire burned so hot her metal door warped. She cannot properly close up her shop. The front of her shop has literally melted. The door is custom sized and needs a to be custom built to be replaced. Not only that, but the entire front of her shop was full of fabric, papercraft, and inside of her shop that is now irreversibly smoke damaged that needs to be replaced. Even when she removes those items, there is still smoke damage to the basic structure and it needs to be professionally cleaned. The person that was in charge of the building that caught fire is without insurance and will not be paying for any of these damages.

    Teresa is the epitome of a "Bad Girl Doing Great". She has spent this entire pandemic sewing tens of thousands of masks, giving them out to her community, to first responders, to anyone who ever even asked both locally and all around the world. As her 501st brothers and sisters, we would like to help HER out in her time of need: Troopers helping Troopers. For this reason, we have created "Geeky Pinks Fire Restoration Fundraiser".
    The following items are up for bid:

    -1 Temple Armoury Original Trilogy TK bucket from Vincent Vigil Jr.
    -1 X-wing bucket from Walt's Trooper Factory
    -1 Shadow Guard bucket from Walt's Trooper Factory
    -1 Signed book and photo from Lindsey and Brian Muir
    -1 Peter Mayhew Foundation memorial coin from the Peter Mayhew Foundation
    -1 $100 towards any 3-D Printed Blaster at Premier Props
    -1 1 Autographed Helmet stand (any style) crafted by Charles "Woodchuck" Bowman

    **With more donations to come!

    Raffle Tickets are $25.00 each and buys you one chance to win one of the items below. The more tickets you purchase, the more chances you have to win. We are limited to 200 Raffle tickets, with a $5000 goal (USD).

    Drawings will be done live on YouTube and posted to the identical thread on the Legion forums.

     

    Important, please read the below carefully.
    To enter the raffle, send payment to peternuthall@gmail.com along with your Full name, TKID, Forum Name, Phone Number, and Address.

     After you have paid for your entries  add your your name, PayPal Transaction ID and the amount of tickets you have purchased in a post on the Legion boards. This is required by legion for tracking. The link below will take you to the thread on the legion boards where you need to leave your details.

    https://www.501st.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=108700

     

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    INFORMATION & AWARD PROGRAMS

    For a full list of FISD awards head here

     

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    Are you new to the FISD and wondering what the heck all those abbreviations and strange sounding terms mean?  To help you @justjoseph63 has started a list of the most commonly used ones that will give you some insight.  If you have ANY questions about a particular term that is not listed or suggestions for new ones please contact Joseph. You can find the list here

     

     

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    Pre Approval Forum allows future Troopers the opportunity to submit photos of their completed build to be reviewed by the Staff, Imperial Attaches and others in preparation for forwarding it to their GML for approval.  Any and all advice/suggestions given will be specific, constructive, helpful and respectful. Please note that this program will NOT take the place of your local GML, as Detachments are not chartered for costume approval and can not override a GMLs decision, but is instead a peer review program designed to help you look your best and offer guidance and positive feedback.  For more information on this program, please visit the link here

     

     

     

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    Don't forget to visit our 3D section when next surfing the FISD forums, there is plenty of useful information to potentially help you on your next TK adventure. You might be feeling may generous and share with our community a new TK related 3D file and maybe win yourself a 3D contributors award DGx4MwQ.png  DjQ8bJi.png so check out the details below and be part of the in house 3D community.  Here is a link to the FISD 3D Contributor program.

     


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    Don't forget to create a troop log here on FISD and get awarded for your adventures The list of accomplished troopers keeps growing, so get on board and register your troops today Simply start (or update!) your troop log, keep the running total in the title, and post (at least!) a date and name for the official 501st event where you wore your TK! Once you've hit a milestone count, go over to the "Field Exercise Awards -- Post your milestones here" thread to request your profile be updated!  Simple, right?

     

    Award Recipients April - May

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    Are you an approved TK that spends more time on the boards than the average Trooper?  Do you enjoy using your knowledge to help out future and existing Troopers?  If so, we would like to invite you to join the Imperial Attaché program! Members of the I.A. team are chosen to help out not only those here on the boards, but on a local level as well.  Our aim is to have at least one in each and every Garrison, Squad and Outpost in the entire legion to be the eyes and ears of the FISD on a local level. For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here

    Some of the benefits:  Access to exclusive Attaché merch., including patches, IA patch 6PLrnxJ.png,       IA Rocker  dPN7mwd.png

    For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here

     

    You may also be in the running for an Imperial Attaché Award   7UlPmRQ.png  Imperial Attaché Award for those attaché's who have gone above and beyond [minimum 1 year of service]. You can find a list of prior recipients here 

     

    Attaché Ambassador  

     

    It's time for another attaché check in, could everyone active please check in on this thread 

     

    Frank75139   

    With Unquestioned Loyalty

    Frank Peranteau

    TK75139 "Frank75139"

    Attaché  Ambassador


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    Want to setup a "Fire Team?  the Fire Team program is completely optional, and is intended to help form a common identity and spirit of camaraderie among 501st Legion stormtroopers in the same geographic area/garrison that troop together. Fire Teams are not officially recognized by the 501st Legion nor the FISD, although they will be able to access a Fire Team sub-forum on the detachment website. You can find more information here 

     

     

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    So what exactly are kKf6hGu.png and QrRRhuF.png levels?

    These programs were designed for those who choose to take their armor above and beyond the minimum requirements for basic 501st Legion approval.  It gives you the chance to show a level of dedication and pride that takes your armor closer to being as "screen accurate" as possible, without as much extra work as you may realize! You can find more information on the programs here

     

     

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    This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy and obtained EIB or Centurion or both.  FOR  April - May the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate:


    Expert Infantry Badge Award:

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    John "semperfi108 TK91882 EIB 1021

     

    GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3!  :salute:

    Request your free EIB certificate here

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    Centurion Badge Award:

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    Jonathan "Lord_Potato TK89054 Centurion 501

     

    Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers!  :salute:

    Request your free Centurion certificate here  

     

    If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them!

     

     

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    Newsletter

     

    If you have any interesting stories or photos or something you think newsworthy please send them to me via pm.

    For anyone interested in having a look through any of the older newsletter they have now been moved to a new archive sub forum which you can find Here 

     

     

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    With Unquestioned Loyalty

    Glen "Q" Rhodes

    TK-85421 "gmrhodes13"

    PRO Newsletter

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    Staff List 2021

     

    Detachment Leader (DL): Andrew Franke (Sly11) TK11469

    Executive Officer (DXO): Tim Waychoff (Dark CMF)

    Chief Deployment Officer (DCA): Joseph Pedigo (justjoseph63) TK-10963

    Deployment Officer: (DCA): Mario (TKSpartan) TK-48117

    Lead Provost Marshal (DCOG): Steven Sheades (starsaber25) TK-10466

    Provost Marshal (DCOG): Chris Pearson (themaninthesuitcase) TK-10911

    Provost Marshal (DCOG): Dan Branton (CableGuy) TK-42911

    Personnel Officer (PER): AC (Novatie) TK-5597

    Fire Team Relations (PRO): Mark Ryner (Captsafe66) TK-4584

    Content Editor At Large (PRO): Christoph (Danny) Lauber (Ripper_L) TK-55550

    Content Editor Support (PRO): Tony Jobe (ukswrath) TK-10116

    Content Editor Awards (PRO):  This will be handled by the XO

    Newsletter Publisher Forum Clean up Director (PRO): Glen Rhodes (gmrhodes13) TK-85421

    HOF Director (PRO): Aaron (Bronx) Gibson (Pyrates) TK-99725

    Attaché Ambassador (PRO) Frank Peranteau (Frank75139) TK-75139 

    Social Media Relations (PRO): Teresa Nuthall (Soulart) TK-41307

    Social Media Relations (PRO): Jim Ferrell (Rat) TK-95970 

    Systems Administrator (DWM): Eric Brager (Darth Aloha) TK-9674

    Systems Administrator (DWM): Mathias (Locitus) TK-2959

    Detachment Founder (DF): Paul (Daetrin) TK-8020

    Trading Cards Content Support (IPM): Eric Ho (Hoda) TK 77520

    Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Brien Edick (Harbinger) TK 92802

    Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Jeff Salt (wingnut) TK 50297

     

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    On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department

     

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  5. On 9/21/2020 at 3:05 AM, Daetrin said:

    I am indebted to you Glen for chasing down and uncovering all this FISD history.   Guys, this is hours and hours of work digging in to the past and reading old and broken forum posts, gleaning out all the little bits and such.  I'll try to add a few more thoughts and memories later today.


    Here are some good questions:

     

    1) Who was the first person to receive an "expert infantry" award from FISD?

    2) On the (now broken) EI listing page, what is the significance of the background images?

    3) Who was the only person to be approved with an FX helmet?

    4) Who was the first ESB EIB?

    5) Who was the first Centurion?

    6) Why can't you have more than one Centurion award?

    7) Why were the colors chosen for the Centurion award?

    8) What was the first piece of EI merch ever created?

    9) Why are EI coins numbered and why can people only buy one?

    10) What FISD costumes has no one ever gotten to EI (or Centurion)

     

    OK FISD nerds, let's see what you got!

    Since nobody else took up the challenge

    1) Who was the first person to receive an "expert infantry" award from FISD? The first "expert infantry" John TK2036 (although EIB was not in the thread title ;)) , the first "Elite" Joey TK2126, the first "Mark IV"  Scott TK4149

    2) On the (now broken) EI listing page, what is the significance of the background images? Each costume version had background from the movie it was from, command staff had millennium falcon in death star landing bay

    3) Who was the only person to be approved with an FX helmet?  I thought a few did, Scott TK4149, also poll to remove FX helmet from EI program here

    4) Who was the first ESB EIB? Mark TK8993

    5) Who was the first Centurion? Mathias TK2959

    6) Why can't you have more than one Centurion award?, Couldn't find the direct answer, did come across one of your posts "There are some valid reasons why the Centurion is a single reward, and part of that logic is so that people don't get so wrapped up at the top that we lose our focus on getting the other 1800 TK's brought up to par." post is here

    7) Why were the colors chosen for the Centurion award? Based on the Roman Centurion theme, you mention it here

    8) What was the first piece of EI merch ever created? 2008 EI coin thread here coin image here

    9) Why are EI coins numbered and why can people only buy one?  A singular incentive to reach EI level, numbered for tracking purposes

    10) What FISD costumes has no one ever gotten to EI (or Centurion) Stormtrooper Concept Armor

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  6. 49 minutes ago, tat2trooper said:

    You could move them to the back and trim from the front since there can be no return edge at wrist area of forearm.

    You have to be careful doing this as you can run the risk on the front of trimming too close to the inset squares on the sides. If you look at this image you can see exactly how far it would bring the front down so I'd stick with trimming the rear.

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